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Oct 14 2021
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Four Peaks - AZT #20Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2021
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Hiking2.80 Miles 921 AEG
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A project to make two enhancements to Pigeon Spring is in the works:

Pigeon Spring has 3 spring boxes, 2 have water and one is dry. The Forest Service plan:
1) Refurbish the main spring box which has a concrete cover that is partially collapsed.
2) Remove the dry, cracked, non-functioning spring box.

Today a group of us did #2 and broke up the dry spring box with a “breaker hammer” and hauled the concrete away using the crawler in 7 round trips down and up the trail to the road and then off to the transfer station using pickup trucks.

The group also made a strong start on #1: clearing out the main box and uncovering the partially collapsed lid.
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Oct 01 2021
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64 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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A group of us installed a 3 panel kiosk at the Geronimo trailhead. For now, this is the last one of these that is on or near the AZT. Although FS will be doing quite a few more.

A little chilly when we arrived: 46F but warmed up nicely later. Saw one deer on the drive in.
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Sep 29 2021
mazatzal
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64 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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A group of us installed a 3 panel kiosk at the Deer Creek trailhead. Installation and alignment went nice and smooth as with the last one at Barnhardt.
Temps were great with quite a bit of cloud cover so it never got too warm.
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Sep 21 2021
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2021
mazatzal
Hiking7.00 Miles 770 AEG
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Headed back to Happy Jack with a bigger saw to cut the two large deadfall I saw last month but could not cut with my pruning saw. As luck would have it someone had taken care of both of 'em and it looked like possibly they used a chainsaw - perhaps Forest Service?

However, we found another deadfall that had come down since early August so we made quick work of that then headed over to Bargaman Park and hiked north for a couple of miles. Beautiful weather: 62 when we started and 72 when we finished with nice breezes throughout.

Saw two bow hunters in a hide beside Maxie tank and an empty hide beside Bargaman tank ](*,)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Bargaman Park Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Maxie Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Sep 14 2021
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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A group of us installed a 3 panel kiosk at the Barnhardt trailhead. Installation and alignment was much smoother and quicker using the template and especially the clamps that Roger made. Artwork still to be added.

A tad on the warm side but not too bad especially with a pop-up canopy providing some shade (thanks Shawn).
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Aug 24 2021
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking12.00 Miles 1,010 AEG
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Headed up to Happy Jack for a hike in cooler temps. Started at Bargaman Park and went south to Daves Tank and back. Cleared 10 deadfall.

Didn’t see anyone else but saw 6 gangs of elk, 1 deer and two squirrels.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Wild Horse Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Aug 19 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking5.00 Miles 790 AEG
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Took advantage of a cooler day for August. Went a couple of miles at the southern end of #22 and cut a few catclaw. Drove up to Cross F and went a couple of miles south from the connector trail and cut more catclaw and a few other bushes.
Temps were nice but it was pretty humid. Saw one deer and not much else.
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Aug 04 2021
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Happy Jack - AZT #28Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking12.16 Miles 1,002 AEG
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Decided to head for cooler temps (not 113F) 72 when I started and 80 when I got back.

Cleared 7 deadfall but left 2 that were a bit beyond a pruning saw :lol: Startled 4 gangs of elk but couldn’t get any good pictures through all the trees as they scattered.

Only saw one person all day and he hadn’t seen anyone for 2 days! Met Connor who was doing his first backpack: 3 days for section #28. He was planning for a friend in Flagstaff to pick him up at Gooseberry Springs and take him back to his car at Hay Meadow. Since he was an hour early and his friend hadn’t left Flag yet I offered to take him back and he gladly accepted.

Good day in the cool pines :)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Maxie Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Shuffs Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Jul 27 2021
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Four Peaks - AZT #20Payson, AZ
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A group of us installed a 3 panel kiosk at Mills Ridge TH. These are a new style of steel panel that come individually and can be used in various configurations. We also removed an old wooden single panel one.

Nice, easy digging for a change :)
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Jun 23 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2021
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,260 AEG
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AZT #21 from Pigeon Spring (near 4 Peaks) north to Boulder Canyon follows forest roads for several miles.

A group of us scouted possible single track routes for the first couple of miles north from Pigeon Spring. Any new route will need FS archeologist clearance as there are signs of old dwellings and pottery.

Weather was great: 70 when we started and about 76 when we were done with a few short light showers thrown in :)

After 4 peaks we went over to Thompson trail and replaced a trail sign.
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Jun 09 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking1.00 Miles 200 AEG
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A group of us installed a new Wilderness sign on the connector trail ¼ mile in from Mormon Grove TH.

After the Wilderness sign we split into 2 groups: group1 sanded and oiled signs at the AZT junction and group2 installed new "Saddle Mtn #91” sign at the trailhead.

After Mormon Grove we sanded and oiled the Little Saddle Mtn trail at the old Cross F Trailhead.
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Jun 08 2021
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 4,400 AEG
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Cooler temps today so I went to AZT #22 Saddle Mtn, 75F at start and 84F at the end :)

Started from SR87, went about 2 miles, did some brushing on the way back. Drove to Cross F trailhead and went about 2 miles and did some brushing on the way back. Saw a bow hunter in the morning and a rancher driving along FR 393 in the afternoon.
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May 27 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Four Peaks - AZT #20Payson, AZ
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Hiking2.70 Miles 550 AEG
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A group of us did a few tasks up by Four Peaks and then drove over to Mills Ridge for one more:

Checked Pigeon Spring for some planned enhancement work. An Arizona Black was hanging out beside the spring but it barely moved and never rattled us.
Walked part of possible new single track for AZT #21 to get the trail off FR 422.
Installed “artwork” on the kiosks at Pigeon Spring TH and at Mills Ridge TH.

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May 21 2021
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Latigo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2021
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.51 mph
900 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
Latigo :next: Rustler :next: Upper ranch :next: Wrangler :next: Vaquero :next: Watershed :next: Maverick :next: Cholla Mtn loop :next: Balanced Rock :next: Chuck Wagon :next: Brown Ranch Rd
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May 14 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulders Loop Trail - PATSPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2021
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Hiking4.70 Miles 400 AEG
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Took a visitor on this easy loop :)
Saw no one else.
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Apr 30 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2021
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Hiking6.00 Miles 120 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.57 mph
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Black Hill - Service Rd 4 - Dixeleta - Whiskey Bottle - Turpentine - Black Hill - Morning Vista - 136th Street Express - Monument

Took some friends on this easy loop. Saw 5 hikers, 9 bikers and 2 equestrians.
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Apr 15 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 600 AEG
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Started at SR 87 and went in about a half mile to check out the tread work done by the scout group a few weeks ago. Added a bit more tread work here and there.

Two air force jets screamed by overhead… then a few minutes later two more (or a second pass by the same two?). This time I got my camera before they were gone but pictures are poor.

Decided to drive to Cross F and finish up some brushing at that end the trail. On the way I saw multiple horse trailer staging areas, lots of sheriff vehicles and someone galloping down the road ahead of a long line vehicles behind sheriff vehicles with lights flashing. It was the Hashknife Pony Express :lol:

Finished brushing near the unnamed tank south of FR 393 but no more jets or galloping horses.
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Apr 06 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2021
mazatzal
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
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A group of us fixed the eroded slope on Campaign trail as it drops down to the creek after passing Reevis Mtn School (formerly Upper Horrell Place)
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Mar 30 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mtn Loop from Granite Mtn TH, AZ 
Granite Mtn Loop from Granite Mtn TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2021
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Hiking6.00 Miles 530 AEG
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Bootlegger :next: Saddlehorn :next: Granite Mtn loop :next: Bootlegger
Saw 2 buzzworms in first 30mins :scared:
Not much flower activity.
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Mar 25 2021
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Ridge Trail #14Payson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 25 2021
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Hiking6.00 Miles 920 AEG
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Three of us set off south on Saddle Ridge trail from just north of the wilderness boundary and hiked in just under 3 miles to where the reroute at the AZT leaves the current route and heads down to Rock Creek and up Alder Ridge. We installed a new sign at the future junction. The new trail should be open in the next couple of weeks or so.
Just as we were finishing and having a lunch break the youth crew arrived and set off down to Rock Creek where they planned to camp and finish the next part of the new trail. Thank you!
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